On Friday, April 6th, the 12th Annual Student Art Show of Excellence will open at Artworks in the Centre Market. The show opens at 5:30 and runs until 8PM with Awards being presented at 7PM. Refreshments will be available. Some of the artwork will be for sale. This is the only professionally presented show for children ages 8-14 in the tri-state area. Professional artist judges choose the winning entries from the various elementary, middle, and junior high school entries. Prizes are awarded for ecology reuse of items, watercolor, photography, and a variety of other categories.
Since 2000, this show has showcased student artwork in the same manner that adult art shows are presented. Professional judges are used to pick the winners, money prizes are awarded to each winner along with a personalized certificate and a wonderfully gaudy ribbon to each young winning artist. This year’s judges are distinguished local artists, Janet Rodriquez and Cheryl Harshman.
A number of other prizes are picked by those persons interested in childrens’ art, and who are willing to promote young children’s art with their donations. Awards are given by a variety of patrons either to honor their profession or to memorialize relatives or friends who have been painters and creators, or who love beauty and children. Rarely do children in this age group receive such recognition or awards. This is the only venue showing this age group of artists and awarding them this level of prize money.
New donors this year include Alice McCoy, the Women’s Club of Wheeling, and Jeremy and Paula Larance. Continuing sponsors of ribbons include Artworks Around Town member artists sponsors for six ribbons, Bob Sako and Shauna Benson sponsors of the Art Teachers Creative Thinking Award, and interested individual awards sponsored for a variety of reasons and memorials which include: Liz Neumann, Mary Ann Lokmer, David Shaeffer, William Hooker, Kirsten Moller, Lisa Minder Liu, Michael Minder, Michael, Jean, and Jessie Bailey, Lynne and Jeff Mamone, Jay Stock, Andrea Cowan, Georgette Stock, Michael and Lenora Turbanic, Dick Taylor, Robin Rhodes, and Judy Minder.
Continuing this art show is a necessity. There is no art show like it in the area. Children’s art is often shown but rarely in a juried situation. Most children’s show are exhibitions, the art is merely shown not awarded prizes as in the Student Art Show of Excellence. This show has two important reasons behind it, one to show and reward young children’s art professionally and have those young artists understand how adult art shows work and what benefits and joy can come from artistic creation. The second reason is that this show promotes the idea that art is a lifelong interest. Other interests can fall by the wayside because of age or health reasons, but art can brings beauty and the satisfaction of creating something with personal ideas and processes for as long as someone cares to create art. Age, illness, or disability is no barrier to the creative process and the creation of art.
Interested in joining the sponsorship of the Student Art Show of Excellence? Call or email Judy Minder creator/coordinator of the show at 304-233-0780 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.